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Lenox local composes new musical, 'Rescue Rue'

04/18/2014 11:17 AM EDT

Music is 28-year-old Lenox Memorial High School graduate Joshua Zecher-Ross' life -- and career. The New York resident is a music director, vocal coach, conductor and an accompanist. And while he has done some arranging -- chiefly liturgical music for Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur services at Hevreh of Southern Berkshire, where his mother Deborah Zecher is rabbi (his father, Dennis Ross, also is an ordained rabbi) -- composing has not been part of Zecher-Ross' resume. Full Story

Short Answers: Get permission or seek forgiveness
04/18/2014 11:18 AM EDT -

Life is complicated. Short Answers isn't.

Dear Short Answers: My wife and I are both in our 40s and have had a great marriage for the past 12 years. I recently decided that I wanted to get a tattoo Full Story

Honoring tradition one Easter egg at a time
04/12/2014 05:36 PM EDT -

LENOX -- If you want to take your Easter egg decorating up a notch this year, beyond the store-bought dye kit, grab a candle, a raw egg and muster up some patience. Full Story

Raised garden beds are all the rage
04/10/2014 02:44 PM EDT -

Schuyler and Colby Gail have raised expectations for this summer's garden. For nearly three years, the owners of Climbing Tree Farm have successfully raised pigs, chickens and other livestock for meat sold at area markets, but growing a traditional garden has been a bust.  Full Story

Berkshires to celebrate Jazz Appreciation Month
04/10/2014 02:54 PM EDT -

PITTSFIELD -- In keeping with the spirit of national Jazz Appreciation Month, Berkshires Jazz, Inc. has announced a series of musical events that run the gamut of styles and venues.  Full Story

Strange but True: No need for corkscrew, just hit wall
04/10/2014 02:55 PM EDT - Q: How do you open a wine bottle with a book? Please be sure you're sober before trying this one. Full Story

An evening of art with Community Access to the Arts
04/04/2014 12:29 PM EDT -

Community Access To The Arts is well-known for its continuing efforts to provide artistic and performing opportunities for people with disabilities. After two decades of pursuing this mission from its southern Berkshire County headquarters, the organization is hoping to widen its presence in the north, beginning with an evening of art by CATA artists from 5 to 7 p.m., Thursday, at the Stone Hill Center of the Clark Art Institute. WILLIAMSTOWN Community Access To The Arts is well-known for its continuing efforts to provide artistic and performing opportunities for people with disabilities. Full Story

Book review: A mother's powerful memoir
04/04/2014 12:25 PM EDT - Stella Elliston's second son, born two months premature, suffered a massive bleed in his brain when he was only six days old. Full Story

Wedding venues in the Berkshires
03/29/2014 09:34 AM EDT -

From gardens to barns, mountains to fountains, Berkshire County can offer an array of wedding backdrops and venues for couples near and far. Full Story

Young equestrians saddle up in Williamstown
03/20/2014 01:36 PM EDT -

A newly established equestrian team is aiming to bring students closer to horses and their fellow teammates. Full Story

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Coming right up: The world's fastest elevators

Japan's Hitachi said this week it will provide the world's fastest elevators, which can clock speeds up to 45 mph, to a high-rise building in China. Full Story
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Michael Phelps, on why he is returning to swimming

Returning to swimming after a 20-month retirement, Michael Phelps is easing back into the sport he once dominated by racing one of his best events. Full Story
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Bronze statue of Roger Ebert set to be unveiled

Roger Ebert's final blog posting last April ended with his hopeful sign-off: "I'll see you at the movies." The award-winning film critic died two days later. Full Story